HEALTH OFFICIALS. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde answer questions during a media forum on January 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler If deaths or disease come to children who have gotten the dengue vaccine since March 2016, the health department asks parents to report the cases to UP-PGH
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 6, 2018) — A panel of top doctors from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is set to review the deaths of 14 children who had received the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.
Continue reading UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia INFO CAMPAIGN. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds up a sample poster on Dengvaxia FAQs that will be put up in schools. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler Health Secretary Francisco Duque III leaves it up the DOJ, the NBI, and non-governmental groups to go after Aquino administration officials and Sanofi Pasteur
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Don’t expect the Department of Health (DOH) to file any cases against officials who should be held accountable for the now-suspended dengue vaccination program.
Continue reading DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the Department of Health on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Sanofi is punished for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for its controversial dengue vaccine
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Troubles continue for French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur as the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended its sale of the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine for a year.
Continue reading FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000 STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler The drug regulatory agency also directs pharma giant Sanofi to ‘conduct an information dissemination campaign through advisories, Dear Doctor letters, and patient fora’
MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 5, 2017) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday night, December 4, ordered the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pull out its Dengvaxia vaccine from the market, “pending compliance with the directives of the FDA.”
Continue reading FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Will Sanofi shoulder the costs of individuals who might contract severe dengue after receiving the vaccine? The company only says it is collaborating with the Department of Health
MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 4, 2017) — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 4, there is no way of tracing who among the over 700,000 Filipino youth given the Dengvaxia vaccine are at risk from contracting severe dengue.
Continue reading Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work. The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century?
Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century A sign cautions people not to dive from a bridge over the Kern River in Bakersfield, California. Credit: Scott London / Alamy Stock Photo The health of millions of people across the world is already being significantly harmed by climate change, a major new report finds
November 1, 2017 — From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change has had far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health in last few decades, the authors say.
Continue reading Impact of climate change on health is ‘the major threat of 21st century’ Image by Rappler.com More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 15, 2017) — More Filipinos are now exposed to viral diseases due to climate change impacts in the country.
Continue reading Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH DENGUE VACCINE. Sanofi is rolling out the dengue vaccine in the private sector in Mexico while health authorities prepare a public immunization plan. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur ‘We estimate that in Mexico and in other countries that the benefits will outweigh the costs of the (vaccine) intervention,’ says Guillaume Leroy, head of Sanofi’s dengue program
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 10, 2016) — While the world awaits a Zika vaccine, the first ever injection against dengue fever is spreading, with Mexico becoming next week the latest country where people can get the shot.
Continue reading Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine Image by Rappler.com From January 1 to August 6 this year, a total of 2,520 dengue cases have been reported – a 197% increase compared to the same period in 2015
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines (Aug. 13, 2016) — Dengue cases in Negros Occidental have increased dramatically, causing alarm to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
Continue reading Dengue cases approach epidemic threshold in Negros Occidental